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I was talking with people at work the other day and they always ask me why trucks back into their parking spots. I told them that I do it personally because its MUCH easier to pull out forward than to back out. (I work in a plaza and its gets freakin' crazy packed sometimes.) I back in everywhere I go though, to me its just 100x easier to pull out than back out. Plus I like being able to look at the front of my truck from the parking lot! When I drove a car I never understood why trucks always backed up into parking spots but now I get it lol.

So how do you guys park? I personally love to throw it in reverse and back my way in. :money:
 

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I always back in. I worked for UPS for years and use to teach people how to drive trucks. UPS has done way too many studies and have found that backing into a spot is the safest way. The reason is you pull up to a spot and you can see what is going on around you. You back in knowing who and what is moving around you. When you go to leave now you are facing out and can still see what is going on. If you look at statistics you will see that most of the wrecks in parking lots occur when someone backs into another vehicle. If you back into the spot then you are in visual control.
 

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Almost always - with 2 Burbs and a 1t van, its a lot easier. Depending on the lot, and if we'll be loading in the cargo area, sometimes I nose in next to the cart corral, but for the most part - beep, beep, beep....
 

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it depends on the lot, i like to back in, but if there is no curb to stop me and a low little car, i tend to pull in so i dont back into someone. unless my wife is with me and can tell me how far back to go.

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I found it is much easier to manuver the truck in reverse. Also with my time in the army we always combat parked LOL!
 

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I always back in when its fitting, if its in a traffic circle (or square, or round-a-bout for those not in PA) I will pull in. My girlfriend drives a 90's F-250 and she pulls in, says she doesn't back up trucks.
 

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Always always back in, I think I have forgotten how to pull straight into a parking spot. :lol: I feel alot more comfortable leaving just driving straight out. But I am the guy that goes to the very back of the parking lot where no one is and backing in and sometimes taking up 2 spots.
 

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Back in when I have to park by other vehicles, otherwise I park away from everyone else. Way too many careless clowns out there that drive POS's and don't care about dinging someone else's ride.
 

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Always I have bikes and Motorcycles coming down my street all the time...
 

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I.D.K. sometimes I pull straight in sometimes I back in. Depends on where I am parking at work.
 

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With my Trailblazer--usually pull in, but away from most everyone else--STB taught me that one. We put too much into our rides to have it dinged up by careless people who drive clunkers. :glasses:
 

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At work I back in. But for the most of the time when I go some where beside work I pull in when I drive but for the most of the time the wife drives her SUV because the truck is to hard for her to get in to. To tall.
 

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I have always backed into my parking spot since day 1 or getting my permit. It is much easier, and if you are good at it, it doesn't take too much longer. Im glad I got all the practice before I got down to Auburn, with 8.5 inches of lift, it's very hard to tell how much room you have in the front when you are parking and the parking spots are WAY to small. Like just a couple inches on either side inside the lines and you get fines if you tire is even touching the line (I love seeing Honda civics get tickets for that!!) If I get there early enough and there is no cars and I forget to pull through the spot, I can kiss backing out until the car beside me is gone!
 

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I was at work today and a giant F-250 Lariat backed in next to my truck.. it took him not one, not two, but THREE tries to get it right. Gotta love those clowns who cant maneuver their trucks to save their life. If I was that bad at driving I would just pull forward into a spot far away from everyone else lol. No benefit to back into a spot if it takes you 2 minutes and you almost take out 2 cars in the process. I always say that if your truck is too big for you too handle, you don't need to be driving it!! (he was driving a ford so that speaks for itself....)
 

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Like many of you, I prefer to back into parking spots. However, my issue (which is worse now that I sold the Silverado and bought an Avalanche) is that I can't really see whats behind me, and therfore can't judge the distanche. Because of that, I usually pull forward into a parking spot, unless its at school where there is a bar to keep cars separated that I can nudge my trailer hitch against.
 

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I think it's a guy thing to want to back in everywhere. I never back into a spot.
Its not a guy thing necessarily. I try to pull in to the back side of a space so when I leave I am pulling forward out of the space. I feel much safer doing this in shopping malls and places like Walmart, and movie theaters where small kids are walking or even adults for that matter.

I can see things that cross my path in front of the truck more easily than behind me.

If i cant pull in the space form the opposite side I do back in if at all possible.:glasses:
 

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I always back in. Most parking lot aisles are just too narrow so it's the only way to get in the first try. And it is easier to pull forward out into traffic. Plus, it's nice to be greeted by that big smiling grille when you return.
 

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I reverse in, just habit but I agree that it is easier to pull out.

JJ
 
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